French President Emanuel Macron, who met with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg in Paris today ahead of the Madrid summit, discussed with him the issue of the European Defense Strategy within the Atlantic Alliance. Relevant statement from the Presidency of the French Republic that Turkey should clarify its position on the issue.
President Macron reiterated his country’s support for Finland and Sweden’s demands for membership in the Atlantic Alliance, stressing that these are countries with significant defense capabilities that will help strengthen the stability and security of the Euro-Atlantic area. He also reiterated France ‘s readiness to guarantee the security of the two countries until their accession to the Alliance. During the meeting, the Ukrainian issue was also discussed, where the need was noted for the continuation of close cooperation between the NATO allies.
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